New Event: American Election

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America: land of the brave, home of the free and setting for one of the most contentious, interesting and far-reaching political events in memory. Forget Brexit; forget the Wibsey by-election; welcome to politics American style.

Join our expert panel as we swing Stateside for a look at the American presidency. How did the challengers get there, how are elections conducted over there, and what the hell has hit got to do with us? All will be revealed on 24th October – get your tickets today.

trump-drinkingIn the blue corner: weighing in with billions of dollars, a fanatical following and a deep desire to make America great again – Donald Trump.



In the red corner: weighing in with a presidential pedigree, a “shit ton of famous people” and a promise that we’re Stronger Together – Hillary Clinton.

With one of them to become the next Leader of the Free World, the repercussions of the outcome will be felt across the globe. The two candidates’ campaigns have both been mired in controversy but whichever wins, the world will look very different come election day. Their policy positions are miles apart – but do you know where you stand? Get past the facades and find out what Clinton & Trump stand for, who you agree with and which you’d like to see in the Oval Office.

For a special event, we have an extra-special panel. They bring the knowledge of Washington, the experience of a 5 term governor and the authenticity of apple pie, just like Momma used to make; combine this with wit, wisdom and a passion for politics and you’ve a recipe for a wonderful night of enlightenment, discussion and the American Dream.

jonn-elledge-main-5644c3141f00dJonn Elledge is a writer, lover of politics and editor of New Statesman’s CityMetric. He’s written on a huge variety of political subjects, from Tony Blair & trades unions to free schools and creationism… and, of course, US elections; he’ll again be winging his way to report from across The Atlantic shortly after the event and has watched The West Wing too many times in preparation. Expect excellence; expect passion; expect knowledge; expect a metropolitan elitist lizard who recently called for Bradford to be made capital of the country.

Dr Ian A Horwood is a senior lecturer in History and American Studies at York St Johns.ian-horwood With academic interests in the USA, and as an expert in its military history, Ian is the perfect person to share the latest insights into what this election means for America, Britain and the world. Having studied and worked in Missouri, he has a keen British eye when it comes to Americana, and his written works include those published by US Army Combat Studies Institute – and an academic study of Biggles.

jaxgriffinJax Griffin is an ideal guest for this debate: a proud American and passionate Bradfordian, she brings both the apple pie and the Yorkshire pudding. As the brains, brawn and heart behind Drunken Film Fest, the newest addition to Bradford’s social calendar, she’s already sealed her place in Bradford’s heart; through her work with Curiouser & Curiouser Media and as a professional photographer, she’s can cut through the faff and pick out the salient details you need to know.

obama-drinking-guiness-thumbs-up-e1359564382968Want to know how the US elections will affect you? Want to know what Americans really think of the candidates? Want to know how skewed our vision of their election is? Want a Bud with a buddy, to share a cup of joe with Friends or to grab a few cervezas with your amigos? Then book your ticket today.


New Event – Brexit: what next for Bradford & Beyond?

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FarageWhat will the EU vote mean for Bradford and the country? Focus has been on the markets, the pound and trade, but how will affect Bradfordians, our local economy and our council? Join four outstanding speakers, including the Susan Hinclcliffe, leader of the council, and Simon Cooke, leader of Bradford Conservative group, to hear how they think voting leave will change our lives, and ask questions about what’s around the corner.

  • When: Wednesday 27th July – 7.15pm
  • Where: Bier Keller, Morley St, Bradford (just behind The Alhambra)
  • Get your free ticket today.

Our expert panel will share how they think the vote to leave will affect you and your family in Bradford. You’ll also have the perfect opportunity to ask questions about what plans for leaving have been made, how the vote might affect you, and what we can expect over the coming weeks, months & years.


Our panel:

Susan HinchcliffeCllr Susan Hinchcliffe is leader of the council & the ruling Labour group, and campaigned for Remain during the referendum campaign. She has been a councillor for Windhill & Wrose since 2011, and has previously stood for election as MP for Shipley. She was previously on the council’s Executive as portfolio holder for Education, Skills & Culture. A successful business person as well, Cllr Hinchcliffe is the bête noir of the T&A comments section with any story about her always causing gnashing of teeth below the line.

CookeCllr Simon Cooke is leader of Bradford’s Conservative group and one of the District’s most senior and outspoken politicians, and campaigned to Leave. We’re delighted to have him return to our stage. Cllr Cooke serves the people of Bingley Rural with passion, is never one to duck an argument or gloss an opinion, and is arguably the District’s most outspoken politician on social media, using Twitter and The View from Cullingworth blog to share, discuss and argue his ideas… especially his personal crusade to shine a light on ‘nannying fussbucketry’.

Emma Pentelow is a director of The Pentelow Practice, a Principal Partner Practice within EmmaPentelowSt. James’s Place a FTSE 100 Wealth management firm with offices in both Skipton and Leeds. Emma specialises in working with Owner Managed Businesses and has an interest in later life advice and planning.  Schooled at North Halifax High she’s worked in Woolworths, been a bar manager and a chamber maid. She graduated from Glasgow University with an MA in Management and Sociology, and worked in industry for several years before being persuaded by her dad to train as a financial advisor within his practice. She now manages a portfolio of 233 private and corporate clients.

In addition to two of Bradford’s most powerful politicians, we’ll be announcing further panel members shortly.

To find out how the Leave vote will affect you, your District, your council and beyond, join us for our latest – dare we say final? – EU Referendum debate. Get your ticket today.


EU Referendum 2 – Politics without the Politicians

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The referendum debate rages on… but is the quality of the discourse increasing with its volume? If you want a little more than how Hitler would vote and how Putin’s keeping abreast of the situation, the next Politics in the Pub’s for you.


As the politicians move ever further apart, with every claim countered and every fact parried, we wanted to hear from those without political skin in the game. They’re knowledgeable, they’re educated, they work with, in and sometimes despite the EU every day… and none of them are looking for your vote. We’ve handpicked the guests because of their experience and interest, but, most of all, their ability to given a neutral, reasoned, nuanced to an argument that grows more polarised by the hour.

If you want to know what it’s really like for business in Europe, how the EU actually affects our laws and the truth about the economic argument, you’ve got to come to EU Referendum 2.


Our Panel

From business, Andrew Mason, MD of New Mason Design*

As an employer, an entrepreneur and a trader, Andrew is well-used to working within building regulations, employment law and importing goods, so will be a great person to hear how the EU affects, for good or ill, British businesses.

New Mason Design is a Bradford-based company specialising in breathing life back into historical buildings, marrying traditional architecture with modern technology, so Bradford, with its wonderful but often unloved architecture, is the perfect marketplace.

Andrew was born in Shipley and had a varied career before graduating from Warwick as a mature student. He travelled Latin America and South Africa working in social housing, getting held up at gun point twice in the process, before returning to Yorkshire. He started working on Bradford’s regeneration 20 years ago and has been hooked ever since. Outside of breathing life back into Bradford’s unloved gems, he is a keen reader, walker & gardener and enjoys the odd pint – so I know we can help him out with the last one.

From academia and economics, Dr Mark Baimbridge, Senior Lecturer in Economics at University of Bradford*

Mark is an expert in Britain’s relationship with the EU, his research interests including European economics, political integration and the Eurozone. He has written widely on the subject of economics and Europe, including reporting to the Treasury Select Committee on globalisation and business investment.

Mark is excellently placed to tell us about how the EU affects academia and the possible economic impact of Brexit.

From the law, Debbie Jukes, Head of Professional Knowledge at a leading UK law firm*

Debbie is now Head of Knowledge at a global law firm which has over 3500 lawyers worldwide, and is responsible for, amongst other things, the research team and legal libraries. Her team has been actively involved in researching and educating the firm’s clients on the likely impact on them Brexit in legal terms – providing training, seminars, briefings and helping clients build contingency plans. She is corporate/ and commercial lawyer having specialised for over 20 years in advising clients on mergers & acquisitions, long term commercial contracts, outsourcings and joint ventures, particularly in the financial services sector.

Debbie is naturalised Yorkshire. She grew up near the Welsh border before seeing the light and moving to Yorkshire nearly 30 years ago for work. She’s a regular at Politicsw in the Pub, bringing along her 18 year old son who, as a politics student, is now capable of out arguing Debbie and the entire family on anything and everything – so we’re offering her family counselling rather than the customary pint given to speakers.

If you want to hear from experts in their fields, people who, together, know the EU inside and out, and can tell you what it’s really like now and could be like after the referendum, book your ticket today.


*Please note, all our panellists are appearing in a personal capacity and any views they express about the European Union or the forthcoming referendum are personal views and are not necessarily the views of their employers and should not be inferred as such.

Event Update: EU Referendum 1

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The biggest question we’ll be asked this year is “Europe: leave or remain?” Politics in the Pub is delighted to bring you all you need to know to make up your mind.


TimIredaleTim Iredale, BBC’s political editor for Yorkshire & Lincolnshire, and will stand between our two heavyweight guests to ensure that you get the answers you want. Tim, a proud Yorkshireman and Bradford resident, is one of the region’s foremost political journalists, fronting Sunday Politics and Look North’s Hull programme. He once said his scariest moment was asking John Prescott about ‘that punch’ – so we knew that he was the man to come between Richard Corbett and Philip Davies in a Bier Keller in Bradford.

Philip Davies, MP for Shipley, is an outspoken proponent of #VoteLeave and will spell out the reasons Britain Davies-Philip-MPshould be out of Europe. Parliamentary Spokesperson for the Campaign Against Political Correctness, Philip was the first MP to publicly call for Britain’s withdrawal from the EU and will do his utmost to convince you that we’re better off out.

Richard Corbett, MEP for Yorkshire & the Humber, is a passionate Europhile and will be richardcorbetttelling you exactly why we’re #StrongerIn. Richard is Deputy Leader of Labour Members of the European Parliament and speaks four languages. He describes himself as “the most boring person you can safely vote for” but we know he’ll enthral and engage you in the EU.

We’re delighted to be again ‘on the road’ and what a perfect place for an EU debate we have: Bradford’s Bier Keller on Morley St. We’ve put the oompah band on hold as our guests will have all the oomph needed to convince you.

Tickets are limited so make sure you book today.


Does voting make a difference?

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Thanks for coming along. We were delighted to have such interest from party members, supporters, even elected officials, as well as those who aren’t or don’t feel as engaged in politics.

Hope you enjoyed it… and that you’ll be back.

Wibsey Branch Labour Party

A number of Wibsey Branch members enjoyed a very social evening at the inaugural ‘Politics in the Pub’ event at Bradford Brewery on Thursday 25th June where a guest panel discussed the topic ‘Does voting make a difference?’
Pictured L-R Dermot Bolton (host), David Ward (ex Lib Dem MP for Bradford East), Will Robinson (no party – co-founder of Politics in the Pub), Baroness Glenys Thornton of Manningham (Labour), Debbie Davies (Conservative – Bradford MDC Councillor for Baildon).

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